Imports Rising as West Coast Ports Work on Backlog
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise an unusually high 16.9 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports begin to dig out from a backlog of cargo that built up during just-concluded contract negotiations with dockworkers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Fuel Tax Dilemma Solved for Inland Fleets
Operating commercial vessels on inland waterways requires accurate fuel consumption tracking for paying an array of fuel use taxes under the Inland Waterways Revenue…
KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity
KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing, and shipping, the company announced today. Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband is the most extensive C/Ku-band maritime VSAT network in the world…
Offshore Wind’s Effect on Coastal Tourism
The United States’ development of offshore wind facilities might severely impact the many regions along the nation’s shores that rely on coastal tourism and recreation as key economic contributors.
UN Agencies to Deliver as One on Mixed Migration by Sea
Several United Nations (UN) agencies have agreed to establish a mechanism to enhance existing inter-agency communication with respect to the maritime aspects of mixed migration by sea. Agencies concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea met in London last week (March 4-5) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
CSC Calls for Shipping Industry Emissions Reduction Target
The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) is calling on ship owners and stakeholders gathering in Brussels for European Shipping Week to support an industry carbon emissions reduction target. The CSC, the global NGO coalition campaigning for cleaner shipping, said in a press release that as the only remaining major economic sphere yet to tackle its carbon emissions, shipping must act urgently to do their part to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.
USCG Rescues 12, Cancels Small Boat Race in FL
The Coast Guard saved 12 people from the water during the WaterTribe Everglades Challenge near Englewood, Florida, on Saturday. Approximately 135 boats of various…
Port of London to Unveil £7m Vessel at Seawork
London Titan, the Port of London's new £6.97million ($10.5 million) 36-meter mooring maintenance vessel, will be officially unveiled at the opening day of the Seawork International exhibition and conference in June, the event's organizers announced today. Following its launch last month, fitting out and sea trials, London Titan is likely to be seen by upwards of 7,500 visitors at the event, which is held June 16-18 in Southampton.
PIRIOU Secures Order for 26-meter WFSV
Shipbuilder PIRIOU in Vietnam has received an order for the BMT Nigel Gee designed wind farm support vessel (WFSV). The vessel, Ocean Wind 8 of Hartlepool, will be delivered to AIS (Marine) 2 Limited at the end of March 2015 for operations in the North Sea. The vessel has completed sea trails, achieving 31 knots with 8 metric tons DWT, the designer reported. Ocean Wind 8 of Hartlepool is 27 meters long with a beam of 8 meters…
CTruk Floats 26m Semi-SWATH Design
CTruk is offering a 26m Semi-SWATH vessel in collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee for the European offshore wind industry. The company plans to build this hull form in advanced composite, giving the enhanced seakeeping benefits of SWATH technology and the load-carrying capacity of a catamaran alongside increased power and speed gained from weight-saving composite. According to the builder, the 26.3m semi-SWATH design offers improvements in motion levels over conventional vessels and…
RCS' EAL Earns Additional Approval
RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 802 environmentally acceptable grease has met the requirements for approved use in AEGIR-Marine PRIME rudderstock seals. This approval is an extension of the existing partnership agreement between AEGIR-Marine and RSC Bio Solutions intended to increase the availability of VGP-approved environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for steering systems, stern tube seals and other marine applications.
N-KOM, Wärtsilä Ink Repair Agreement
Nakilat Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Wärtsilä have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to work together to increase business opportunities in repair and maintenance services for marine and offshore vessels, as well as onshore structures at the shipyard. N-KOM’s CEO Chandru Rajwani said, “N-KOM is always on the lookout for longterm strategic alliances to further our business interests.
Baltic Sea Freight Index Up
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose Monday on higher demand for smaller vessels. The overall index…
New Water Maker Launched for Maritime Market
Wastewater treatment systems specialist ACO Marine has launched a new water recovery system that gives vessel owners greater capacity to reuse the treated effluent from wastewater treatment plants. The ACO Water Maker WM3 converts treated wastewater into pure distilled technical water for such applications as general surface cleaning, laundry, showering, toilet flushing, engine cooling, etc. According to ACO Marine…
ECDIS Utilizes COLREGs for Training
ECDIS Ltd. has recently utilized new simulation training technology for COLREGs teaching aids, creating a brighter way to train and assess students from their 150 major shipping company clients in the classroom. Using the new technology via projectors, the assessors, instructors and students have the dynamic ability to continuously change the COLREGs situation, in a variety of meteorological conditions, from any aspect of any vessel i.e.
Italian Shipper Fined $2.75m for Environmental Crimes
U.S. Carbofin S.p.A., an Italian domiciled company that owned and operated the M/T Marigola was sentenced to pay an overall criminal penalty of $2.75 million for…
VIKING Steps Up at Cruise Shipping Miami
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s product developers have been adding to the company’s range of products and service offerings. VIKING’s new super-sized, flexible evacuation system is a revolutionary hybrid that brings together the best of lifeboats and liferafts in one. The VIKING LifeCraft system combines all of the advantages of modern lifeboats - such as self-propelled maneuverability - with the flexibility, comfort and smaller footprint of today’s liferafts.
MOL Containership Detained in Seattle
Port State Control officers from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound detained the container ship MOL Precision in Seattle, Thursday after discovering several significant…
Grounded Cargo Ship Refloated
A 91-meter cargo ship which ran aground on Scotland’s west coast has been refloated. General cargo vessel Fri Sea grounded during docking maneuvers at Corpach on Saturday…
JonRie’s New Assist Winch for Bisso Towboat
JonRie informs its new Series 230 Assist Winch has been commissioned on the new Bisso Towboat ASD Becky S. The new JonRie Series 230 Ship Assist Winch is a new version of the Series 230 winches line. The winch features JonRie’s independent drive level wind, but with the additional installation of a Logan clutch on the drive. When the winch is heaving or paying out hawser the level wind drive is engaged, and when the tug is working under heavy ship assist loads the level wind is unclutched.